Antedating of "Teenager"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Dec 31 16:24:10 UTC 2004

"Teenager" was word of the year for 1938, according to Allan Metcalf's
excellent book America in So Many Words.

teenager (OED 1941)

1935 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 9 Nov. 18 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Every mother, especially of a "teen-ager," should learn the art of

Fred Shapiro

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